Adult Children

1 year ago

How to Enjoy Your Adult Children After 60

When do our children become adults? And do how we as moms adjust the way we relate to these now-tall people who share our DNA? There are a lot of people who object to the term “adult children.” So what do we call them to be both…

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1 year ago

Private Life: Should Your Kids Read Your Journals When You’re Gone?

My friend’s mother died recently after a sudden stroke, and among her belongings he and his siblings discovered volumes of journals, going back 40 years. They started reading through these family artifacts and learned a lot…

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1 year ago

How to Fill the Nest After Empty Nesting

With your children gone, who are you now? So many women believe their identity is firmly wrapped around being a mother. I, too, am a woman of a certain age – proud to say I am fabulously 56! I’ve been married for almost 32 years…

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2 years ago

What Do Our Adult Children Owe Us in the Pandemic?

When I was writing my book, Parents of Adult Children: You Are Not Alone, I found that the major source of discontent – on both sides of the generational divide – was the disparity between the parents’ expectations…

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2 years ago

Estrangement: The Secret So Many Hide

Estrangement – what an ugly, harsh-sounding word. Jarring to the ears, in fact. The dictionary definition of estrangement is “to turn away in feeling or affection, make unfriendly or hostile, alienate the affections of.” Estrangements are…

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2 years ago

Apologies: How to Make Them Work

During the current pandemic, I find it relaxing to watch Army Wives before I go to bed, and I’ve noticed that, in every episode someone says, “I’m sorry.” This TV show being a soap opera (albeit a high-class one), the apology is always…

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2 years ago

How to Prioritize Yourself as a Couple When You Have a Senior Parent or Adult Child Living with You

About five years ago, my husband approached me and asked me how I would feel about having his mother come live with us. We had only been married for about three years at that point, and she lived about 1200 miles away…

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2 years ago

Have You Had “The Talk” with Your Adult Children?

If we haven’t already, we need to make sure we’ve had “the talk” with our children by the time we reach retirement. This does not refer to the infamous sex talk we have with our children during their pre-teen stage, but about our end-of-life planning and final wishes. Both talks can be difficult, but for different reasons. Read More

2 years ago

How Much Parenting of Adult Children Is Too Much?

“How’s everything?” I innocently asked someone whom I hadn’t seen in a long time. She immediately said everything was fine. She added that one child was entering high school and the other starting his senior year in high school so things were stressful. Read More

2 years ago

How Estranged Mothers Can Find Acceptance and Healing

Martin Luther said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” Read More